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Archives for May 2013

Back Home to Chicago: LJ’s Guide to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference Program

To aid in your use of the handy ALA Scheduler this year LJ ’s editors have selected a few of their favorite ALA program sessions from the sprawling array of options on offer. We hope these selections will give you the best shot at the newest and best ideas and innovations, the most useful information and best practices, and, of course, the most entertainment for the time and money you have invested. If all else fails there is always “that toddlin’ town” outside.

Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian in Washington D.C., Announces Plans to Retire Later This Year

We’ve mentioned Ginnie Cooper several times in the past couple of months on infoDOCKET including a link to an interview she did with The Washington Post. Those links are below. First, Today’s News: After nearly seven years at the helm of the DC Public Library, today Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced plans to retire later […]

Arts & Humanities Reviews | June 1, 2013

Reviews of Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith, In Harmony: The Poet of Shame and Guilt, and Abstraction, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities titles from the June 1 issue.

Obtain, Build App, Publish | Peer to Peer Review

I recently attended a local “hackfest” sponsored by the government of the county in which I reside. This “App Challenge” was one of a series of events encouraging citizens to invent new ways to use the considerable open data resources of the county, and to make those available to others. The meeting was held at the local high school, and to my surprise, over sixty people turned out, many from the far corners of the county. The group was notably diverse. There was one contingent, however, which was not in evidence: librarians.

Behind the Rise of Tuition and Debt Fear | From the Bell Tower

Our national media largely shapes the public perception of higher education. Out-of-control tuition and crushing student debt are among the most popular topics. In print and on the screen, the flames of fear that the bubble will burst are being fanned ever higher.

Indiana: Muncie Public Library to Cut Hours and Staff

From The Star-Press (Muncie, IN): MPL Director Virginia Nilles on Tuesday announced that, in order to trim $400,000 from its expenditures this year, the library would lay off a still-to-be-determined number of employees and, consequently, reduce hours at the two main branches Though the number of layoffs is still not set, they will come from […]

Evolving To Meet Community Needs | Lead The Change

THE MULTNOMAH COUNTY Library District had the honor April 16 of hosting LJ’s leadership event series “Lead the Change! Oregon.” In anticipation of the day, I reflected on the varied leadership roles I’ve assumed over the years—from my days as spaceship commander during first grade recess to choir president in high school to more formal leadership roles. I also reflected on those around me in leadership roles from whom I’ve gleaned so much.

OverDrive’s Big Library Read Boosts Checkouts, Sales

The Four Corners of the Sky, the 2009 Michael Malone novel promoted during OverDrive’s Big Library Read ebook initiative, was checked out almost 24,000 times from May 15 through May 23, according to preliminary data provided by OverDrive and publisher Sourcebooks. The title’s position on Amazon’s Sales Rank charts also rose dramatically during the promotion’s first nine days, moving up more than 50,000 spots from 67,198 to 16,798.

Tear Jerkers, Literary Thrillers, and a Love Song to Video Games | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading lots of hot forthcoming books: Elizabeth Wein’s follow-up to Code Name Verity, Marisha Pessl’s noiry Night Film. I’m most intrigued by a novel my colleague Meredith Schwartz just finished, Austin Grossman’s You, which she promises is like (at least a little bit) many of my own favorite books.

Data-Driven Libraries Part 3: Decoding Data to Plan for the Future

Data-driven decision making is creating large pools of data around which public libraries are trying to define everything from overarching strategies to granular collection development strategies. Although the analysis of this data is often left to third-parties, some libraries are taking the step of hiring their own data analysts to help administrators decide what the data means, why it matters, and how best to present it to other stakeholders. Archive now available!